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Look for gadgets or services that get people moving.
During the holidays, or at any time of year, a gift that benefits health can have a lasting impact. It may be especially helpful to someone who wouldn't normally purchase such an item or doesn't know about available options. A few guidelines to keep in mind: "The gift should be easy to use. Consider the receiver's interests, and accommodate previous injuries, surgeries, medical conditions, or functional limitations," says Dr. Clare Safran-Norton, a physical therapist at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital.
A wearable fitness monitor is helpful to track everything from heart rate to the number of steps walked per day. The majority cost between $50 and $200, and you'll find them at big box stores and sports retailers. An automatic pill dispenser makes sticking to a medication regimen easier for someone who takes several pills daily. The devices are available in drugstores and online. Prices start at about $50.
3. Workout equipment
An exercise class makes a good gift, especially if you offer to come along. "Sometimes people are more inclined to exercise with company. Plus, having someone with you adds an element of safety, and you can share a common goal," says Dr. Safran-Norton. Consider tai chi, ballroom dance, or yoga. Classes are usually sold in packages. You'll find them in exercise studios, hospitals, and community centers. Prices vary.
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